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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

TALLAHASSEE - With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State come back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams' 12-yard touchdown run Sat...

 

PLANT CITY -- Lelia Blevins said she had to trick her husband Carl into taking their first lesson in ballroom dancing. That was 20 years ago. Now they are both glad that she used a bit of deception to...

 

TAMPA -- When "Dog Day Afternoon" ends, John Miller's story begins. "Dog Day Afternoon" is the Academy Award-winning film released in 1975 starring Al Pacino as a homosexual who at...

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The amazing thing is that early in the third quarter it was: 21-21. Mind you, Florida coach Will Muschamp and his Gators were lucky to be knotted with third-ranked Alabama, especia...

 

Today's Games Chargers at Bills, 1 p.m. GAME PLAN: After dismantling the defending champion Seahawks, QB Philip Rivers takes aim on the surprising Bills, who boast the AFC's No. 2 ground attack. IRA K...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- So what does RHP Nathan Karns do for an encore? Throw his fastball for strikes when he wants to -- that's what manager Joe Maddon wants to see this afternoon when Karns makes his sec...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Well, so much for eating last. The Rays' mantra over these final days of the season is "wait 'til next year," while attempting a Don Quixote-esque run at finishing 2014 wit...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The lofty goals that surrounded the Rays way back in March have been whittled down to this: avoid a losing season. To do that would require a heck of a finish to a disappointing seas...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Indian Rocks Christian football team used the elements Friday night to their advantage and gained 300 rushing yards in a 36-0 victory against Northside Christian. When you throw ...

 

TAMPA -- Expectations were high for Cambridge Christian senior quarterback Garrett Young. But this? Through four games, Young has more than 1,000 passing yards and a staggering 18 touchdown passes for...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

LINCOLN — For the better part of three quarters, Miami managed to keep pace with its old rival.

 

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State felt the true toll of Jameis Winston's latest off-field mistake Saturday night

 

The Miami Marlins hung around the playoff picture after losing their ace Jose Fernandez in May and when their biggest bat, Giancarlo Stanton, was lost last week.

 

FLL neighbors pleasantly surprised, but worst may be yet to come She didn't want this noisy new neighbor, but Lynne Favrot went out to greet it anyway on Thursday evening.

 

About 14,000 years ago, modern humans roamed to South Florida and lived side by side with mammoths, mastodons and saber-tooth tigers.

 

Paul Girello doesn't have to buy flood insurance anymore.

 

– History is against them. But Democrats were undeterred Saturday night, insisting that 2014 is going to be the year their party will finally prevail and elect one of their own as Florida go...

 

A Coast Guard search is underway for a man who vanished Saturday while diving off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.

 

It's no fish tale. After 51 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds underwater, "The Grouper" rose from the seas in triumph — back to the land where he belonged.

 

The Florida offense is not back as Alabama shut down the Gators attack to win 42-21 in Tuscaloosa.

 
 

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